Do You Need Global Warming to Go Green?

Posted on April 18, 2008 by LCT Magazine

FACTS OF GREEN: Global warming has ascended as the big bogeyman of the 21st Century. The specter of it generates much anguish and soul-searching among governments and industries. Two articles out today, however, help crystallize some of the most relevant issues and questions for the chauffeured transportation industry.

The first article, a piece featured in the British trade journal, The Chauffeur, expresses skepticism of the dire warnings and hysterical claims about global warming, yet still urges the industry to convert to green vehicles as soon as possible for reasons of economics and efficiency. (You can access the introduction here, and the rest of the article here).

The second article, an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, cites scientific evidence and recalculations of global temperatures that question some of the commonly accepted beliefs about global warming, and raises questions about whether these popular assumptions are actually rooted in solid facts.

The bottom line for this industry is that it should aggressively search for, support, and pursue green vehicles that offer the same reasonable costs and luxury comforts of gasoline engine models. Reducing dependence on fossil fuels and spewing less pollution is a no brainer and a win-winner for everyone. 
However, the harried pursuit of reducing elusive carbon footprints should be less of a motivator as scientific evidence increasingly suggests that humankind’s contribution to global warming may be minimal or negligible. The Earth endured and survived much warmer and colder climatic cycles long before the first limousines, or even the first stagecoaches. These are questions and issues this industry will need to confront with greater urgency as the carbon footprint crowd looks for more and more reasons to demonize, tax, regulate, and stifle chauffeured vehicles.

-- posted by Martin Romjue

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